Student Shout Outs
Yves B. – Formula Car Driver
Yves started racing karts at the age of 4. When he was 13, he was invited to test a Formula Car. At 14, he relocated to Europe and his professional career began. Now at 17 years old, he races for Formula Renault throughout Europe and Asia.
Yves describes three typical days of a race car driver.
6:00 am – Breakfast and meet with trainers. Coaches push us to the edge – physically and mentally.
Cardio training- biking, running, swimming.
5:30 am – Breakfast and meet with trainers. Time to prove myself as a driver. Work with my engineer for an hour, buckle in and sit in the car for 30 minutes to bet comfortable and be calm. Green light – lap after lap working for the perfect lap. The temperature inside the car 120 degrees. G forces put an incredible strain on my neck.
Lunch – 1 hour to rehydrate (at 120 degrees I have lost 3 kilos of sweat), eat and meet with my engineer.
Afternoon – repeat of the morning pushing the car to the limit, driving 500 miles on the tack a day.
Apartment in London. Call partners, friends and family seeking sponsors for the season.
Gaining sponsorships is extremely hard. My father and I contact over 2000 people and companies a month. We are hoping for 1% to help us on this journey to F1. It is definitely a struggle and the least fun part, but it is all just part of the job!
Time to Fly Yves!
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